The Best American Poetry 2013 (The Best American Poetry series)

By David Lehman

Edited this 12 months by way of liked and creative poet Denise Duhamel, the main annual anthology of latest American poetry returns.

Over the final twenty-five years, the Best American Poetry sequence has turn into an annual ceremony of autumn, eagerly awaited and hotly debated: “an crucial buy” (The Washington Post). This 12 months, visitor editor Denise Duhamel brings her wit and exuberance and her dedication to poetry in all its good selection to endure on her offerings for The most sensible American Poetry 2013. those acts of imagination—from identified stars and fascinating newcomers—testify to the energy of an artwork shape that maintains to suffer and flourish, defying dour predictions of its death, within the electronic age. This version of crucial poetry anthology within the usa opens with David Lehman’s incisive “state of the paintings” essay and Denise Duhamel’s engagingly candid dialogue of the seventy-five poems that made her ultimate lower.

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